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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Month 06

Okay so this is four days late - the reason for this is that I moved house last Saturday and am now officially a London resident! It's all been rather chaotic, meaning this is the first real chance I've had since the move to sit down and type away for a while. I'll do a proper post soon I promise but first I wanted to round up what I've been up to in June. Still in complete denial that it is already July, time goes much too fast for my liking. 

In June I...

Read: Finished An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. This is another beautiful Green book that captivated me from beginning to end, the way it presents relationships and the nature of humans greatly fascinated me and I would highly recommend reading it yourself. I then proceeded to read The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult. I have read a large number of Picoult books and thoroughly enjoyed them all, I was even lucky enough to go to a BBC radio recording last year in which she was interviewed about My Sister's Keeper and then meet her afterwards. Her books are always intense, exploring tough and sensitive subjects. But the thing I love about Jodi Picoult is that for every single book she writes she undertakes research for them meticulously, which I believe is vital when writing about the sort of topics she does. It makes them so much more believable and gives an insight into people's lives and relationships. The Tenth Circle is about a rape and the aftermath of this. It is heartbreaking and tough and real. I loved the way that Picoult wrote parts from each main characters' perspective, I find it makes it much more insightful. It isn't my favourite book by her but I found it difficult to put down and thought it was a wonderful story. Now I have nearly finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. This is a very well-read book. People have been telling me to read it for years and I've finally got round to it. I can see why they told me to read it. Written from the perspective of a teenager with Aspergers, this book could not be more interesting to me. I don't want to write too much about it as so many people have read it but I am loving this book immensely. 

Watched for the first time: The Help. Having read the wonderful book last month I knew I wanted to finally watch the film. It was stunning. Heartbreaking, but stunning. I want to watch it again and again, I can't stress enough how imperative I believe it to be that films like this are watched, it reminded me of how blessed I am and how cruel but also beautiful humans can be. Skyfall: this is a film that people have talked about endlessly for the past year or so which I never watched. I have never seen another James Bond film, I know - I must live under a rock or something! But actually I enjoyed it. It was a bit cheesy but I like cheesy films so it was a pretty good match. The acting was great and I wasn't bored for a second. Before Sunrise: this is the first in the now trilogy of films that my mum has been raving about to me for years now. As the third one has recently come out she wanted me to get a move on so we could see it together. I liked it. It was based on a very interesting concept - meeting a stranger, falling in love, and possibly never seeing them again - and although it wasn't incredible I would like to see the next two. Sweet Bird of Youth - this is currently on at The Old Vic. It is incredibly sad but brilliant to watch, I was lucky enough to get tickets in the second row for only £12 each as I'm under 25. I'm hoping to write about this properly soon. 

Bought (clothes): Just two new tops from New Look. I hadn't been in there for ages but desperately needed some new tops as the long-awaited English summer finally seems to be gracing us with its presence and New Look had a lot of nice ones so mission accomplished. 

In school: I finished my GCSE exams after what feels like months of revision, now I'll just have to anxiously dread wait for results day on the 22nd August. Went for a lovely form meal which I wrote about here. On Friday I had my prom which was the most lovely evening but which I hope to write about properly soon. 

Out of school: - went swimming with Harry - had my makeup done at Benefit for prom - went to an end of exams party - went for the new students' day at my new school and found it's easier to talk to new people than I originally thought - moved house

June was pretty packed and full of ups and downs as I've found the build up to moving particularly difficult. Now that I'm here I'm starting to feel a lot more settled, maybe everything will be okay! 


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